RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

day skipper practical

This RYA Day Skipper practical course will advance your skills of pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a cruising yacht by day in tidal waters.

This Day Skipper practical course is ideal for those with sound crewing and sailing ability and who have spent at least 5 days at sea (preferrably including 4 night hours) and have logged 100 miles. Our shorebased RYA Day Skipper Theory course will provide you with necessary navigation skills and theoretical knowledge to give you access to this part of the Day Skipper practical course.

By the end of the course you should be able to comfortably skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.

What will I gain from the Course?

We include everything you will need with your course fee :

  • 5 days Top Notch Tuition !!
  • Accommodation on board with pillow!
  • All food on board - three meals a day plus snacks and refreshments
  • Home baked bread and cakes (when Lou is able!)
  • All mooring fees and marina costs
  • Use of waterproof clothing
  • Use of personal safety equipment
  • Any incurred fuel costs
  • Free extra days if you do not reach the required standard (see Free Re-Sit Guarantee)

Topics for this course include the following (review the full syllabus)

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation and pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road - IRPCS
  • Maintenance and repair work including engines
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making and night cruising
  • Skippering!

The course will start and end at Gosport Marina - PO12 1AH

We typically visit some of these ports and harbours

  • Cowes
  • Hamble
  • Southampton
  • Beaulieu
  • Yarmouth
  • Lymington
  • Chichester
  • Poole

Before attending the Day Skipper Practical, and in order to take advantage of our Pay Once and Pass Guarantee, you should already be at a 'Competent Crew' standard

Although we appreciate you may need a refresher, you should already be able to:

  • Prepare Mooring lines, secure to cleats and tie the requisite knots
  • Hoist, lower and trim sails using associated winches
  • Steer a compass course under power and sail
  • Helm on all points of sail - preferably around a triangular course

The minimum age required to attend this course is 16 years


How do I book?

Check out the available course dates and then contact us or book online. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Lou or Jim for more information.

Course Name Dates Cost
Day Skipper Practical
1st-5th Nov 2017
(2 places)
Day Skipper Practical
14th-18th Feb 2018 £475
Day Skipper Practical
21st-25th Feb 2018 £475
See all course dates

Free Re-Sit Guarantee*

Our guarantee is that we won't give up on you: in the unlikely event that you fail or can't complete one of our RYA courses, you can resit or rejoin another at NO EXTRA COST. *See T&C's


Andy Marris, RYA Day Skipper Practical

Lou was a fantastic skipper exposing us to all types of sailing conditions and allowing us to take command whilst having a watchful eye.

Excellent attitude to safety and procedure at all times. An outstanding instructor and course, leaving me very confident to handle a boat under my command in these waters. Brilliant!

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Tony Malcolm, RYA Day Skipper Practical

Absolutely brilliant. Great instructor, great company and a lot learnt in 5 days. I now feel like a proper sailor !

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Rebecca Anderson, RYA Day Skipper Practical

Excellent course, extremely well organised. Instruction was very clear and easy to understand. Thank you for a fantastic course

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Mike Mulkerrin, RYA Day Skipper Practical

Very clear and patient tutorage. Active and engaging. Although quite challenging at times, never felt talked at or bombarded with info

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